There’s a constant flow (deservedly so) of threads and topics discussing diversity in the Marvel Universe, particularly on their teams. So while reading the most recent issue of Scarlet Spider, which featured a last-page appearance of some of the Rangers, a thought occurred to me: with only eight members in the team’s history, are the Rangers the most diverse team in the Marvel Universe? Here’s the entire team line-up:
Texas Twister – white heterosexual male
Shooting Star – white heterosexual female
Phantom Rider – white heterosexual male (deceased)
Red Wolf – Native American heterosexual male
Firebird – Native American/Hispanic heterosexual female
Living Lightning – Hispanic homosexual male
Armadillo – Hispanic heterosexual male (quit)
51 – Alien
Obviously, there are a few races not represented here, but in terms of the number of characters on the team (eight throughout history, currently six), the Rangers seem to be pretty diverse. It’s easy to write it off as “well, that’s just because of location,” but NYC is just as diverse as Texas, if not more so, yet the line-ups of the Avengers (and their multiple teams) tend to skew pretty traditionally “white heterosexual”. The X-Men are better, obviously, but if you look at the main casts of the current books (culled from over 40 years of publishing), they tend to skew the same “white heterosexual” route as well.
So is there another team that, in terms of the diversity-to-number-of-members ratio, has a leg up on the Rangers? I’m not trying to make some grandiose statement on diversity at Marvel and I’m not saying that “The Rangers are better than this team or that team or DAMN YOU BENDIS!!!” or anything like that; as I said, it was just a thought that crossed my mind and I thought I’d put it out there and see what everyone thought.